Item description for The Lost Spiritual World (The Scholars Version) by Ruth Rimm...
The Lost Spiritual World takes you on an unforgettable journey---a journey of learning to smile in the face of adversity, of healing and refreshing your spirituality, and of finding joy in the magnificent mystery that is you. It explores the emergence of a new global spirituality that mixes the best of each wisdom tradition with the latest findings in psychology, quantum physics, neuroscience, and linguistics.
The wavy shape and wavy designs challenge orthodox (which means "straight thinking" in Greek) kinds of spirituality. They remind us that the journey of life is full of new discoveries, expanding perspectives, and magnificent twists and turns; it is anything but a "straight and narrow" path. The book's twelve metallic inks invite readers to explore the ecstasy of our connection to the cosmic stardust of which we are all made.
Few issues of our day are more urgent than engaging people of different faiths in a constructive interfaith dialogue. The Lost Spiritual World series takes you deep into the sacred texts of each tradition and reveals the critically important (and often overlooked) roots of religious pluralism.
The Lost Spiritual World is an illuminated volume of the Bible for the 21st century seeker who wants to experience the awe and mystery of God, but who is lost and confused and distracted, uncertain of how to tune into the Divine in a wired world.
The author and designer has spent her entire 14-year career teaching in inner city public schools. She currently teaches at a public middle school in the South Bronx and has become an experienced mediator of interfaith and intercultural conflicts. Her gentle, non-polemical prose brings a fresh and important perspective to what many in our culture are calling "the clash of civilizations."
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Studio: The Global Renaissance Society, LLC
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12" Width: 9.1" Height: 0.8" Weight: 2.55 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2007
Publisher The Global Renaissance Society, LLC
ISBN 0974575062 ISBN13 9780974575063
Reviews - What do customers think about The Lost Spiritual World (The Scholars Version)?
Great for those seeking Spiritual Growth Jul 10, 2007
Ruth Rimm has taken a section of the bible, that being the Gospel of Mark and made it into a wonderful collection of thoughts, ideas and inspiration for everyone. In her latest book of "The Lost Spiritual World" series, the Gospel of Mark continues to bring people of all faiths together in harmony by reaching out to all religions and quoting from a variety of spiritual leaders, both current and past.
This is a wonderful book for anyone who is looking for a more meaningful interpretation to the Gospel of Mark. Mrs. Rimm doesn't just grab a quote from the Dali Lama to fit in where she needs it. Instead she shows how what Jesus taught was also being taught by other spiritual leaders such as the Dali Lama or Muhammad, Mosses and so many others. Her insight, understanding and research is crystal clear to all who read this wonderful book.
Though she has been called a "kitchen cabinet Christian," clearly she is more then that. She has been inspired by the Universe, by God, or Allah, or which ever God of Your Understanding you wish to name, to create a beautifully illustrated book. My only wish is that it were not so expensive to produce so that thousands more could read it. There are so many people in prisons, or low income families who would benefit from this simple to read, and yet highly motivational and ah inspiring book.
This is one book that I would add to my list of suggested reading for my non profit organization. A great tool to help people who are searching for a better understanding of God of Their Understanding.
B. Alan Bourgeois Writer, Founder Redivivus Spiritual Center 2GoMU.org
A great book Apr 3, 2007
I've been "religious" for my entire life but always felt separated from true spirituality. Religion was more of a set of hoops to jump through than a meaningful use of my time. It was something my parents and grandparents always did and so I thought it was just a requirement. This book helped me to realize there is more to religion than a text or an act. It helped open my eyes to the beauty of faith and the power that comes from connecting to a higher power.
If you know you are a religious person but don't really feel like you know what that means then this book will give you a huge jump forward in your progress.
21st century exploration of faith with Mark Mar 1, 2007
The Lost Spiritual World begins as an illustrated gospel of Mark with commentary. The illustrations are beautiful and done in a contemporary style that engages the reader. The gospel text is from the Scholars version of Mark. It is an excellent translation that captures the urgency and power of Mark's gospel. However, what captures the heart and mind of the reader is the commentary (midrash) provided by Ruth Rimm. The commentary transforms what would be one among many editions of the gospel of Mark, though a particularly good and engaging version, into an encounter with the divine Mystery. Ruth wrestles with God in her midrash as she struggles to make sense of the Divine and encounter Christ, as he is revealed in Mark.
This book is not the tame and pious repetition of religious cliches that most postmoderns do their best to avoid, with just cause. It daringly explores the role of faith in a world of genetic engineering and evolution and seeks what light Mark can throw on life today. It asks "What makes Mark's gospel Good News for today?"
The book rejects a fundamentalist view of faith that can not stand up to the challenges of modern life. It also challenges the postmodern generation to take the transcendent seriously and to discover the rich spiritual truths that can still be mined from the gospel of Mark and the Christian tradition.
An additional benefit of this 21st century midrash is that it is linked to a book related website which provides the reader with additional videos, reading material and resources.
The reader is challenged to think and to reflect on her own faith. You will probably not agree with every conclusion reached by the author but that's fine. The goal is not to convert you to some system of belief.
This is one of those rare books that gets you excited as you read because the author is wrestling with important and meaningful ideas--the same ones that you wrestle with--and draws you into the process.